Update on the project.
The support structure made of teak - visible portions anyway. An accent piece of mahogany was chosen where the compass will sit. These structures will be fastened (screws) to the deck after staining and varnishing is complete. This allows each unit to be removed as needed.
Working with the prototype face board to start determining layout and placement of instruments.
Several of the instruments are moving from up top to these panels and some of the items are being permanently removed (speakers and old radio/cd player) ,again, the panels are just prototypes to see what works best where.
This one is moving from up top to the new helm - Houston, we may have a problem. What's the big deal - it's only attached to twelve wires - that will need to be spliced to extend -yikes!
But then, again, they are all connected to the rats nest over the helm. Guess it's time to straighten this all out - several with a use to be determined. What would one expect after 22 years, two owners and several "add-ons".
Then there's the wiring under the helm - OMG - this project has taken on a life of its own. Label, label and then label again. Hope we don't loose Rick in there - might attach a lifeline to him. Now, just so its clear, it wasn't this bad until the wire bundles were released to start moving wires.
What can I say - the patience of a saint. He promises to get it all in order. Our neice Leslie and her kids are arriving so it's time to at least get the instruments running that we will need to go for a cruise and....
get the pilot house back in order (our car became a storage locker for a few days). Wires tucked back up in place, back cockpit (carpentry shop) disassembled and stored and time to enjoy a few days of R & R at the beach.
Functional instruments (well not sure about the stabilizers yet). Time to get cleaning.
We headed out to Keewaydin Island for the day (happy to report stabilizers worked and the rest of the instruments) - fun day on the beach - lots of people - shells pretty much picked over. Samantha found this one, it's not the prettiest one found, but it sure has a big heart.
Lunch at anchor after a great swim in the gulf. Temps continue to be warm - water temp is still 78 degrees. (Devin, Leslie, Samantha & Macdera)
Back at Marco Island the boys decided to do some body surfing as the sun was setting.
New Year's eve - staking out our spot on the beach at Naples Pier for the evening's fireworks.
Fun, food and drinks on the beach waiting for fireworks.
the last sunset of 2015
That's a wrap for 2015
Great having Leslie and the kids here. Project updates to follow.